Bandi


Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990095
Name: Bandi
Parent's name: Tsedenjamts
Ovog: Höh hua
Sex: m
Year of Birth: 1927
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: elementary
Notes on education:
Work: goatherd/herder / retired
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Hanbald sum, Ömnögovi aimag
Lives in: Manlai sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder


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childhood; work; travel; keepsakes / material culture; herding / livestock; military;

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adoptive parents; army; Ulaanbaatar; collective farm;

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Summary of Interview 080817A with Bandi


Bandi was given to adoption as an infant. He grew up as the only child in a well-off herder family. Bandi did not go to school. From 1947 to 1950 he served in the army in Ulaanbaatar. After the army he worked in Manlai sum for two years first as a deputy to the darga of a bag and then as a propagandist. After that he moved to Hanbogd sum, where he became engaged in trade: he bought cattle in gobi and resold them in Ulaanbaatar. In 1959, he joined a collective farm to work as a goat herder. For his good work he was awarded the medal of the Hero Herder. He retired at the age of sixty-one. He says that he has about ten children.


In his interview Bandi tells about a variety of topics, including his adoptive parents, the cattle marked in Ulaanbaatar, the private business he was involved in the 1950s, the army, and so on. During the privatisation he was given livestock, including camels. The most amazing technology to him is the airplane.


He has a relaxed attitude towards death and sexuality. He confides, for example, that in his thirties he was a promiscuous man and slept with other men’s wives. He also says that ‘two or three of his children already died’ and that he will probably die soon, for he does not feel particularly well.